like a house afire

like a house afire

Very quickly or rapidly and with great force or intensity. Out of nowhere, this crazed bull started charging at us like a house afire! John hit the acceleration and started careening down the road like a house afire. I can't wait for you to meet Mark. I just know the two of you will get on like a house afire!
See also: afire, house, like

like a house afire

see under get along, def. 1.
See also: afire, house, like

like a house

on fire/afire Informal
In an extremely speedy manner: ran away like a house on fire; tickets that sold like a house afire.
See also: house, like
References in classic literature ?
Here he came, like a house afire; I dodged: he passed like a flash, with my horse-hair coils settling around his neck; a second or so later, FST!
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